33 Manchester Hotspots
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A fabulous independent Neapolitan pizzeria in the heart of Ancoats, 5 minutes from Manchester City Centre. The relaxed atmosphere is perfect for an indulgent lunch or casual dinner. We love the Tarantina pizza as a mid-week treat. Prefer staying in? Book an at-home manicure with our expert nail techs, order from Rudy’s, sit back and relax.
Ancoats’ resurgence as Manchester’s up-and-coming food and drink district continues with the opening of new neighbourhood bistro Squid Ink. Named after it’s most drama-inducing ingredient, Squid Ink’s menu is a delightful mix of surprising and classic dishes.
Manchester’s first clean fast food joint! Perfect for if you’re on the go but want to stay healthy. We love to pop in after a workout session or as a quick and easy lunch option.
Located on Clarence Street, Caffé Grande by Piccolino serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner until late. This place has basically every you could ever want to eat or drink, with a wine boutique, cocktail bar, an international juice bar called The Juicery, theatre grill, pizzeria, an oyster and caviar bar, a Harrods style food hall and an alfresco terrace overlooking Albert Square. Phew!
This laidback spot boasts Manchester’s largest Mezcal & Tequila selection. Book a Beach Blow, grab a Frozen Margarita and a slice of Pizza for the perfect night out!
Our go-to all day spot for milkshakes, coffee and amazing Tex Mex food from breakfast to dinner. Come for the Instagrammable cakes, stay for the Buttermilk Chicken!
Take a seat in the 116-year-old grade II listed dining room and enjoy a delicious dish from Rosso’s a la carte menu. For a real treat, Rosso is one of the best restaurant’s in Manchester. Select a delicious dish from the Italian inspired menu, sit back and try and spot your favourite local celebrities. Rosso is a place where everybody is somebody; look your best by booking a Blow Dry and Make-up package with our expert stylists.
Indian and Pakistani street food, chargrills and rustic dishes cooked over a focal charcoal pit. Could Mughli be the coolest Indian Restaurant in Manchester? With an amazing range of gluten-free and veggie items on the menu too, we think it might just be!
Chinese food and cocktails in sophisticated, modern setting. Tattu is the brain child of a charming pair of brothers, Adam and Drew Jones. Their vision to create a sophisticated, modern and luxurious take on Chinese food has resulted in one of our favourite venues in Manchester. Order the Candy Skull cocktail for an unforgettable cocktail experience!
This award-winning tapas restaurant and bar has been Spanish-influenced food, wines, sherries and cocktails since 2005, becoming a staple in Manchester every-growing food and drink scene. Order the Jamón Ibérico croquetas and thank us later!
Modern Australian cuisine combines Pacific Rim flavours underpinned by European cooking tradition, a blend of Indonesian, Southeast Asian influences and Australia’s strong ties with Japan also help determine the taste and style of this outstanding bar and restaurant. Match the calming neutral ambiance with a nude-colour gel mani.
This airy, industrial-chic bar serves wine by the glass via their unique dispensary method. Sort of like Subway but a LOT fancier…
Luck Lust Liquor & Burn brings bold exciting Californian style Mexican food to Manchester’s Northern Quarter. With an extensive range of bottled and canned craft beers as well as 8 on tap, the cocktail menu boasts bold and zingy fresh fruit flavours; perfect for a chilled evening with close friends. Remeber to wear a bold lip to match the vibrant atmosphere!
Secret bar disguised as a laundrette (much to the confusion of a few locals turning up with bags of washing), The Washhouse is one of our favourite spots for amazing cocktails and exciting atmosphere.
Just off Deansgate, the moodily-lit subterranean space has been stripped back to reveal the grade II-listed building’s bare brickwork and original white tiles and decorated with cool vintage furnishings. An inventive cocktail list serves up contemporary twists on the classics, from a cumin and clove bramble to a sage and onion daiquiri(!), Wood & Company is a unique drinking experience that is not to be missed!
Arcane can be found right in the centre of town, and like its name suggests, it has quintessential enigmatic vibes that make it one of Manchester’s best-kept secrets. This bar is perfect for date-night, following a Kerastase Blow Dry for that ultimate voluminous, flirty look.
From the same company as Mughli, the Tib Street eatery has garnered a reputation for its laid back brunch vibes as well as an unbeatable Sunday roast. Beautiful decor, nice service and interesting menu with fresh food. This charming cafe is our favourite cafe to sit with a laptop and a Beetroot Latte… trust us, it’s amazing!
All-day brunch, excellent coffee and succulent cakes in an Antipodean-style bar. What’s not to like?!
Being healthy has never tasted so good. Choose from an option of a fresh Poké bowl, or go a little wild and try a Pokérito. The Hawaiian delicacy of raw cubed fish, vegetables and rice has taken London by storm and has finally arrived in Manchester.
Hipster hangout with minimalist, arty decor serving artisan coffee and Mediterranean sandwiches. Takk is the classic coffee house you never knew you needed…
This chilled out daytime venue serves handcrafted coffee and loose-leaf teas, cake, soup and grilled sandwiches. The perfect place to pop in for a quick sip or some lounging laptop time.
Fitness and Fun
The Life Centre, London’s original trusted source for yoga and well being, in started in Notting Hill and Islington, and now Manchester! We love yoga as a workout and a way of achieving mindfulness after a busy day.
The high-end athletic wear brand offers free classes regularly. Our recent yoga pop up with Lulu Lemon Manchester was great fun, we’re now addicted to their classes and athleisure wear!
In the 90’s, The Crystal Maze was one of the UK’s favourite television shows. Become the star of the show and experience the exciting game in person with friends and family.
The Grade II listed building on Quay Street is a 1,920-seater theatre that plays host to touring musicals, ballet, concerts and a Christmas pantomime. The perfect way to add a bit of culture to your weekends whilst staying close to home. Get opera-ready with a luxury Kerastase Blow Dry from our expert stylists.
In need of a giggle? Head to Manchester’s new branch of the Comedy Store. Regular events including live standup and open mic nights have made this a place to go if you like to have a good ‘I saw them before they were famous’ humble brag.
The notorious Cat Café has arrived in Manchester! Inside you’ll find a stress free space where cats and humans come along side each other to have fun and unwind. It’s pay by the minute rule means you’ll probably want to get in and out quickly, but if you love animals this experience is not to be missed.
Manchester’s latest five star hotel, Hotel Gotham, has become a firm favourite among the city’s VIP crowd since opening in April 2015. The hotel is inside the imposing former 1930s bank building on King Street and plays homage to the era; melding an art deco style with a modern industrial feel.
King Street Townhouse, located within the upper King Street Conservation Area of the city centre, is an impressive Italian renaissance building, designed by local architect Edward Salomons and originally built in 1872 as a bank. One of our favourites places to stay, work or have a laidback cocktails.
Set in the heart of Manchester’s city centre, the Principal Hotel recently reopened it’s doors after a multi-million pound refurbishment, more stunning than ever. Perfect for those interested in experiencing the vibrant Manchester nightlife, the Principal also hosts it’s own live DJ for those not waiting to leave the confines of it’s beautifully historic art deco surroundings.
The vintage store adhering to modern trends, Cow Vintage is a favourite amongst Northern Quarter shoppers and a to-go alternative to repetitive high street stores. We love to peruse the aisles and find buried treasures like vintage Tommy Hilfiger Jeans or 80s Versace statement tees.
The award-winning boutique chocolaterie based in West Didsbury is one of our favourite places to go for a coco fix. Cocoa Cabana matches traditional and experimental flavours to create a unique selection of treats, perfect for a quick treat for yourself or a special present for someone special.
Best places to work
Besides the Pretty Little Thing branded boxing ring (google it, it’s amazing), the PLT offices are a hub of excitement and creativity. We loved glamming up the girls for their work night out.
Based in Manchester City Centre for over 100 years and a UK200-listed law firm, Kuits is securely established as a leading commercial advisor in the region, with an increasing headcount and international reputation. We recently visited the Kuits office to provide expert styling to the team and loved the calm and professional atmosphere.
If a unicorn themed conference room isn’t enough to make you fall in love with the Missguided offices, maybe the selfie tunnel, the inspiration wall and the in house Kettle Bell Kitchen will convince you that Missguided HQ is one of the coolest places to work in Manchester.
The epicentre of every coming and going in the entertainment and news industries, the BBC offices in Media City have a modern design and ambiance that compliments the up-to-the-minute working atmosphere. We love the stargate style spherical meetings spots to catch up with colleagues or talk about the latest news stories.
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